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2009-07-09 / General Stories

Stone Fort Museum Hosts Teacher Training Workshop

More than 30 heritage resource managers and researchers attended the El Camino Real de los Tejas workshop in March. The next workshop is August 4 & 5, 2009. More than 30 heritage resource managers and researchers attended the El Camino Real de los Tejas workshop in March. The next workshop is August 4 & 5, 2009. The Stone Fort Museum, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, will host a workshop exploring the cultural heritage of the Camino Real de los Tejas on August 4 and 5, 2009. Participants will build the knowledge and skills they need to educate others about the trail in one and one-half days of intensive learning, sharing and walking the Camino Real.

Faculty, staff and researchers from SFASU, the National Park Service, and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service will provide instruction on the history of the trail's development including the people and places along the trail, the historic landscape, and mapping methods currently in use to document trail resources. Participants will take a field trip and tour a remnant of the trace and historic sites associated with the trail. Take home resources include a manual of speakers' notes, two DVD presentations on the history of the trail, prepared lesson plans, images and oversize maps for classroom use.

Educators will earn 12 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits as part of the course.

Participants in the 2008 Teacher Workshop enjoyed, "excellent speakers, great destinations and tremendous facilities at SFA," and emphasized the great resources: "Lots of new info, photos, maps and resources… Can't wait to use in my classroom."

Registration is $50 per person and includes all sessions, a workshop manual and resources, a field trip and four meals. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration deadline is Friday, July 24, 2009.

To learn more about the workshop, local lodging, or to register, visit us on the Web at www.sfasu.edu/stonefort or contact museum director Carolyn Spears at (936) 468-2408.

The workshop is part of the Camino Real Heritage Education Project funded by the National Park Service - Intermountain Region and is a continuation of more than a decade of educationl progrmming at the Museum.

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail was added to the National Trails System in 2004. It crosses Texas into northwest Louisiana and is the historic trail linking Mexico City with the Spanish Colonial capital at Los Adaes, near Robeline, Louisiana.

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